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Measles madness reduces community’s immunity

Measles madness reduces community’s immunity

Every day nearly 400 people die of measles worldwide, mostly small children, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In 2013, says the WHO, measles killed 145,700 people. Measles can cause blindness, deafness, encephalitis and pneumonia. Happily, transmission of this highly contagious, airborne virus is preventable. In the United States, measles actually was declared eradicated...
Blasphemy is free speech

Blasphemy is free speech

“Defending free speech means defending knuckleheads and visionaries alike.” — David Carr, New York Times media commentator.                                 Human beings seem to have evolved into two species: the irreligious, who can thrive in a godless universe, and the religious, who cannot. These...
An unwelcome Christmas gift

An unwelcome Christmas gift

“I’d do it again in a minute.” — Former Vice President Dick Cheney defending CIA “enhanced interrogation,” Dec. 14, 2014. I first encountered Dianne Feinstein 35 years ago in a San Francisco hotel suite while covering a teachers’ strike. A deadline loomed, and the suite swarmed with tense, milling people. In the center of the hubbub, the...
A perfect storm of misrule

A perfect storm of misrule

So, you’re afraid of the Republican takeover of the U.S. Senate? What really should scare you is this: Nearly two-thirds of voters didn’t bother to do their jobs in the mid-term election. And this: Unprecedented amounts of secret, “dark money” from undisclosed donors was legally — legally! — used to fund these Congressional campaigns. Taken together, these two...
Check writers, beware!

Check writers, beware!

By Solveig Torveig You think paying by check is the way to avoid credit card fraud — or embarrassments such as that recently suffered by the Leader of the Free World when even his credit card electronically was rejected at a restaurant? Think again. It pains me to pen this cautionary tale because it involves Verizon Wireless,...
Deliver us from our ‘misteakes’

Deliver us from our ‘misteakes’

The most alarming news of the month, if you ask me, is that Robo Brain, a “super-intelligent” robotic brain, is about to be turned loose on the world. Shades of the classic sci-fi film 2001: A Space Odyssey and Hal, the malevolent computer! But why not, you say? Given the follies our own brains lead...
Reality check in the ‘Magic Methow’

Reality check in the ‘Magic Methow’

So here we are, disoriented, astounded and bereaved. You’d think that having hundreds of homes incinerated in the Carlton Complex’s 250,000-acre firestorm would be quite enough heartbreak. But no. Following hard upon that came a man-made blaze that burned additional homes in the Rising Eagle Road conflagration. Terrific winds followed, triggering more power outages, closing...
Kudos to the Twisp Town Council 

Kudos to the Twisp Town Council 

For nearly three years, wearing my reporter’s hat for methowgrist.com, I’ve observed the deliberations of the Twisp Town Council. It’s been an unexpected pleasure. Let me explain: An appalling portion of my professional life has been spent covering elected officials, from local school boards to the United States Congress. When it comes to how our...
Julia Child was right — fear of fat is fatuous

Julia Child was right — fear of fat is fatuous

“If you’re afraid of butter, use cream.” — Julia Child It seems the celebrated chef Julia Child, who taught Americans French cooking, has been vindicated. An unabashed champion of butter and other fats, Child died two days before her 92nd birthday in 2004. “Fat gives things flavor,” she said. She was cheerfully contemptuous of diet food:...
Of mice and books and trigger warnings

Of mice and books and trigger warnings

Here’s the latest good-news flash: mice actually like running on treadmills. Left to their own devices, wild mice wandering around the neighborhood of an outdoor garden in the Netherlands showed brain scientists who recorded their antics over a period of years that they just like to hop on treadmills and run, for no apparent reason...